A YOUNG North-east chef is celebrating after winning a top accolade in recognition of his culinary excellence at local tourism awards.
Alan Clarke, 22, who is senior chef de partie at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa, on the outskirts of Aberdeen, was named Young Ambassador of the Year at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.
Over 300 industry professionals gathered at Ardoe for the awards ceremony, which was organised by the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA).
The young ambassador award category was open to individuals under the age of 25 who have made a major impact and contribution within their company, and Mr Clarke was recognised for his outstanding work at Ardoe since he started in September 2012.
After working at the hotel for five months, he was promoted from chef de partie to senior chef de partie, and in November 2013, he represented the hotel at the Accor UK Professions Challenge in London where he won the kitchen category.
He then spent four days in Paris earlier this year, where he competed against 12 top young chefs from across Europe in the Professions Challenge.
Ardoe’s general manager, Peter Sangster, said: “Alan is an extremely talented young chef who has shown real passion and a drive to succeed since joining the kitchen team in 2012.
“Ardoe’s executive head chef Richard Yearnshire supports the development of his talented kitchen staff, who are continually offered opportunities to further their professional development.
“We are all extremely proud of Alan’s achievements over the past two years, and it is great to see this being recognised by industry professionals and peers.”
Mr Clarke said: “I am honoured to receive the award. I work with a fantastic team in the kitchen, and I am extremely grateful for their continued help and support.”
Mr Clarke’s commendation is the latest boost for Ardoe, a 19th century mansion house, which is situated in a picturesque setting surrounded by 30 acres of land, just three miles from the city centre.
The destination recently underwent an extensive refurbishment programme, including the transformation of the award-winning Blairs Restaurant, reception area, drawing room, ballroom, and a number of function and bedroom suites.
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